Wine Classes

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OTTO hosts wine classes twice weekly. These fun and educational experiences are hosted at the standing high-top tables in the front of the restaurant (the Enoteca). Each class includes tastes of five wines (three reds and two whites, unless otherwise noted) and lasts approximately 90 minutes. To complement our selection of wines, classes include the chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses and house-cured meats. All classes are led by a Sommelier from OTTO’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine team. For reference, all classes are $60 per person, unless otherwise noted. Please be advised that class prices are exclusive of gratuity.

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

Saturday Afternoon Classes at 2:00pm 

Beach Side – September 2nd 
With summer coming to a close, we think we’re all in need of one last time at the beach. To put us in that mood, we’ll taste through some coastal wine that will make you feel like you have your feet in the sand one last time.
BAGLIO DI GRISI, GRILLO, 2015
JANKARA, VERMENTINO, 2015
GRACI, NERELLO MASCALESE ROSATO, 2016
ALOIS, SETTIMO, 2014
LIBRANDI, MAGNO MEGONIO, 2014

 A Dry Conversation – September 9th 
One of the biggest themes to talk about when it comes to wine has to be tannins and its effect on the palate. Here we will discuss where this comes from, what wines you can find them dominantly in, and how a producer can get around them.
MONASTERO, COENOBIUM RUSCUM, 2015
MUSTO CARMELITANO, AGLIANICO ROSATO, 2015
GIOVANNI ALMODO, ROERO NEBBIOLO, 2014
SOTTIMANO, LANGHE NEBBIOLO, 2015
LEONUCCI, MONTIGNANELLO, 2013

 The Greater Minority – September 16th ($75)
Just because a producer’s growing region may not be the most renowned area, it by no means disqualifies them from making great wine. Here are some of the best and age-worthy wines from some more obscure regions.
RONCHI DI CIALLA, CIALLABIANCO, 2014
INAMA, VIGNETI DI FOSCARINO, 2014
BALGERA, SASSELLA SUPERIORE, 2004
PETILIA, TAURASI, 2009
PAOLO BEA, PIPPARELLO, 2008

 March on Le Marche – September 23rd 
Le Marche is probably one of the least known wine regions in Italy, but easily, to those who know it, one of the most well respected white wine regions in the country. It may never become a household name, but we’re ready to show what they can do.
PANTALEONE, PASSERINA, 2015
SARTARELLI, VERDICCHIO, 2016
VILLA BUCCI, PONGELLI, 2015
PODERE SUL LAGO, TORCULAR, 2013
SPINSANTI, ADINO, 2013 

The Ageability of Italian Wine – September 30th ($140)
As wine lovers, we think it’s important to study the history of wine. Generations upon generations have worked tirelessly perfecting their family’s passion and preserving their vines and traditions. It’s only right that we go back and taste their wines through the years.
VALENTINI, TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO, 2012
SAN LORENZO, IL SAN LORENZO, 2004
SAN LEONARDO, 2010
MASSOLINO, VIGNA RIONDA 2004
PAOLO BEA, PIPPARELLO, 2006

 

    Tuesday Evening Classes at 6:30pm – $60 

The Wall Has Fallen – Spetember 5th 
Heading up north in Italy to the frigid Alps, you won’t find the undead, but rather some pretty delicious wine in Trentino-Alto Adige. From Riesling to Lagrein, we’ll show how this neighboring region has affected Italian culture and wine.
DIPOLI, SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2013
ROENO, MULLER THURGAU, 2015
KUENHOF, SYLVANER, 2016
TRAMIN, PINOT NERO, 2016
LAGEDER, LAGREIN, 2012

 The Hopeless Romantics – September 12th 
These wines are made by producers who are the romantics of the wine world; producers still captivated by an old way of doing things, the care of their land, and the grapes that gave their lives purpose.
EDI KEBER, COLLIO BIANCO, 2015
PAVESE, BLANC DE MORGEX, 2015
BURLOTTO, NEBBIOLO ROSATO, 2016
MASTROBERARDINO, REDIMORE, 2013
ROAGNA, LANGHE ROSSO, 2011

The Most Widely Planted Grape in Italy – September 19th 
That’s right, we’re talking Barbera! Often times overshadowed by Nebbiolo, Barbera can show amazingly well and vary from region to region on the palate, not to mention the producer’s stylistic choice. Join us in exploring the many faces of this popular grape.
LA SPINETTA, CA’ DI PIAN, 2013
VIETTI, TRE VIGNE, 2015
CREALTO, AGRICOLAE, NV
PRUNOTTO, FIULOT, 2013
CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO, FUNTANI, 2013

 Stuck In the Middle – September 26th 
From the hills of Tuscany to the beautiful coast of Lazio, we’ll be taking a look into the central region of Italy. We will not only discuss what grapes they are using, but more importantly how their specific climates affect the wine as a whole.
CASTELLO DELLA SALA, ORVIETO, 2015
CECILIA, ANSONICA, 2015
INSTINE, SANGIOVESE ROSATO, 2016
VILLA BUCCI, PONGELLI, 2015
DE ANGELIS CORVI, MONTEPULCIANO D’ ABRUZZO, 2014

 

Information 

Reservation Information

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

Please be advised that we do require a 4-guest minimum to hold all public wine classes. Should we be forced to cancel a class due to lack of participation, all guests will be provided with at least 24 hours advance notice. Though we are not able to accommodate groups larger than 6 guests in our public wine classes, private wine classes are available for groups of 6-24. For more information, please contact our Group Dining team at groupdining@ottopizzeria.com

Further Questions

If you have any further questions, please email us at vino@ottopizzeria.com or call us at 212-995-9559.

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